A heartbroken mum has paid tribute to her daughter who was killed in a car crash inside the Queensway Tunnel in Liverpool on October 17.

Paige Rice, aged 22, died in the early hours of Sunday morning when the car she was a passenger in was in collision with a taxi in the Queensway tunnel, Liverpool.

Her mum said "she was a beautiful woman whose smile lit up a room."

The crash involved a taxi and an Audi S3 that was travelling towards Wirral just before 12.30am. Paige's boyfriend was driving the Audi S3 at the time of the collision and both were rushed to hospital with multiple injuries.

The taxi driver, a man in his 40s, suffered serious injuries and was also transferred to hospital where he remains.

Tragically Paige, from Marston Green in Birmingham, later died in hospital. Her boyfriend remains in a critical condition.

Her grieving mum, Clare Rice, has today (October 18) paid tribute to Paige.

Clare told BirminghamLive: "Paige was just so full of life. She lived life to the full. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. Her smile would light up a room.

"Paige worked incredibly hard and at the age of 22 had already done lots of jobs.

"She started as a make up artist when she was just 15 and was working selling cars and as a nail technician when she died.

"Paige was incredibly popular and had so many friends. She loved the attention but not in an arrogant, bad way.

"She loved dance and drama and as a young girl went to the Valentine Theatre School where she made lots of friends and their friendships continued to this day.

"Paige left the dance school when she was a teenager but carried on her love for dancing on nights out. She was a real party girl.

"She was such a hard worker and had started her own make-up artist business when she was 15. She loved social media and had a large following on Instagram.

"Paige was visiting her boyfriend in Liverpool when she died. I am still in shock at the moment and the only thing that is keeping me going is the incredible support and lovely tributes that people have left on social media. It shows just how loved she was.

"She had very close friends including Sophia , Charlie and Charlotte to name just a few who are both devastated as is her 18-year-old brother Tyler.

Paige Rice, from Marston Green, who died in a car crash in the Queensway tunnel. Pictured with mum Clare and brother Tyler.
Paige Rice, from Marston Green, who died in a car crash in the Queensway tunnel. Pictured with mum Clare and brother Tyler.

"Paige and myself had spoken recently about death and she told me that if she died to remember that she lived life to the absolute full. And she did."

Paige was incredibly close to her mum and brother Tyler and supported Clare through chronic illness.

She added: "We were like the three musketeers, myself Paige and Ty.

"Paige and Tyler were the best of friends and Paige was my rock.

"I have chronic illnesses and Paige has pushed me to stay positive and to keep going.

"Paige loved all her family and was a very popular girl with a massive group of friends.

"She had massive dreams, wanted to see the world and live a full life. "Paige would fill her time with being social in between working hard and looking after me.

"She always looked on the positive and a lot of people looked up to her."

Merseyeyside Police are investigating the tragedy.

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